The Schuyler boys basketball team dropped a pair of games last week.
The Warriors fell 56-31 at David City Aquinas on Thursday before returning home to face Mount Michael Benedictine on Saturday. Schuyler was within three points in the closing moments of a 50-45 loss to the Knights.
Aquinas took advantage of a sloppy first half by the Warriors, who had a tough time hanging onto the ball. The Warriors committed 12 turnovers in the game, with most of them coming in the first half.
“We knew that Aquinas’ quickness would give us some problems and it certainly did,” Schuyler head coach Lyndon Beebe said. “Our turnovers in the first half really did hurt us. As a result, we just never really got on track.”
Aquinas stormed to a 19-7 lead after one quarter and extended the advantage to 30-10 at halftime. The Warriors hung tough with the Monarchs in the third quarter, outscoring Aquinas 13-10, but the host team controlled the fourth quarter to improve its season record to 9-2.
Auston Hall led Schuyler with 13 points and fellow senior Jakub Langemeier played one of his better games of the season, scoring nine points. Tyler Kohl added six points for Schuyler and Noah Beebe had three.
Hall also led the Warriors with six rebounds and two steals and Langemeier grabbed five boards. Noah Beebe dished out three assists.
The game against Mount Michael was plagued by fouls, with the Knights committing 17 and the Warriors whistled for 22.
The outcome was determined at the foul line, where the Knights connected on 20 of 32 attempts while Schuyler knocked down 13 of 24 free throws.
Mount Michael methodically controlled the first three quarters of the game. The Knights led 11-5 after one quarter, 24-14 at halftime and 35-22 entering the final eight minutes.
The Warriors took advantage of a supportive home crowd and regrouped in the final period to push the contest to the final buzzer.
“We struggled offensively until the fourth quarter, then we got things going late,” said coach Beebe, who also switched to a zone defense to slow down the Mount Michael attack.
Schuyler managed to cut Mount Michael’s lead to three on a pair of free throws by Easton Hall with 14 seconds left, but the Knights (8-2) made their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the road win.
Auston Hall scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors and Noah Beebe also reached double figures for Schuyler with a season-high 12 points. Kohl chipped in nine points.
Tychique Kutalu led the team with three assists and Noah Beebe recorded three steals.
The Warriors (3-6) host West Point-Beemer on Thursday and Seward on Friday.